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State called on to support MG workers

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has taken concerns over job losses at the Murray Goulburn plant in Leongatha to State Parliament.

Mr O’Brien has quizzed the Minister for Industry and Employment on the services and support available from the state government for the 52 workers who will lose their jobs at Murray Goulburn.

“I’ve asked the Minister to ensure that all available state government resources are applied to Leongatha and to the workers who will be out of a job.

“The state government regularly steps in when there are major manufacturing job losses around the state and Leongatha should be no different.

“While I appreciate that Murray Goulburn itself will be offering redundancy packages there may be a need for retraining, skills counselling or other services that the state government and its agencies can provide.”

Mr O’Brien also said the Labor Government must provide support for the local region through this difficult time.

“It’s not just the 52 jobs that will go from Murray Goulburn.  This of course comes on the back of the 12 tanker driver jobs that were lost recently and the general down turn experienced by the dairy industry over the last couple of years.

“There are plenty of local projects that the Labor Government could get on with to help stimulate the local economy including an upgrade of the South Gippsland Highway, better public transport links, funding Stage 2 of the Korumburra Secondary College redevelopment and many more.”

Mr O’Brien told Parliament there was frustration in Gippsland at the millions being spent in the Latrobe Valley while the rest of Gippsland gets very little.

“We appreciate that Latrobe Valley is going through a significant and protracted transition period but the government needs to be aware that there are other parts of Gippsland that are also doing it tough and ensure its attention is on places like South Gippsland as well.”

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